I have always been a big fan of going to the polls, waiting in line and chatting with the neighbors, rocking my I Voted sticker, but I have to say mail in ballots kick all kinds of voting ass.
I spread out on the dining room table with my ballot, a cup of coffee, a laptop, and a stack of voter guides from the ACLU, Colorado Democrats, the Bell Foundation, New Era Progressives, and our local chapter of Drinking Liberally. With the dog curled up by our feet, we went through the ballot together. We’d read enough to decide on most things, and the few tricky or confusing ballot measures we looked at the aggregate opinions of the voting guides and voted for whatever the liberal/progressive consensus seemed to be.
So we’ll drop these off at an early voting polling place today, and then just focus on getting others out to vote until November 4th! Seven days! Manfriend will be a poll worker, and I signed up to volunteer in the evening. A big concern is long lines. If you’re in line to vote by 7 p.m. they have to let you vote, so there will be “Comfort Teams” brinking people food, drinks, and entertainment to keep them in line. In 2004, the last vote was cast at 3 a.m.
And then…party with volunteers and campaign staff to watch the results come in. I got a blinky flag pin at a conference a few months ago that I have been saving just for the occasion.